Live at the Playboy Jazz Festival

Live at the Playboy Jazz Festival

by Mel TorméMel Tormé


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Three years before a stroke ended Mel Tormé's career, he appeared with his trio and Ray Anthony & His Big Band at the 1993 Playboy Jazz Festival, though the CD wasn't issued until some nine years later. Tormé sounds as if he has just a touch of hoarseness, though he never fluffs a note and his rhythm is flawless during the set, though it relies rather too heavily on medleys. The cavernous sound quality of playing in the bandshell and the somewhat poor mix (the big band occasionally nearly drowns out Tormé) are also a bit distracting. Those reservations aside, the veteran is full of energy, especially in his swinging arrangement of Duke Ellington's "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," and he scats up a storm in "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)." Tormé's pianist, John Colianni, is a consummate accompanist, and the big band has a few strong soloists, though none of them are identified. It would be difficult to label this as one of the best releases by Mel Tormé during the latter part of his career since there are many far better live recordings available through Concord, but fans of the Velvet Fog will want to pick up this previously unreleased disc as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2002
Label: Playboy Jazz
UPC: 0013431750826
catalogNumber: 7508

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mel Tormé   Primary Artist,Vocals
Frank Capp   Drums
John Colianni   Piano
John Leitham   Bass
Roger Neumann   Saxophone
Kevin Anthony   Saxophone
Lee Callet   Saxophone
Bob Efford   Saxophone
Ramon Flores   Trumpet
George Graham   Trumpet
Andy Martin   Trombone
Donny Osborne   Drums
Tom Ranier   Piano
Morris Repass   Trombone
Kirk Smith   Bass
Frank Szabo   Trumpet
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
Ray Anthony Orchestra   Trumpet,Leader
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Bill Tole   Trombone
Salvadore Lozano   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Sy Oliver   Composer
George Wein   Producer
John Burk   Producer,Executive Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
A. James Liska   Liner Notes
Hugh M. Hefner   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Andrea R. Nelson   Art Direction

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